The Netherlands Beret Generale Staf
Insigne is used from 1946 till 1976
General Staff is a general, though non-exclusive term, denoting in many countries the supreme body that prepares and directs wartime operations in peacetime.
The origin of the General Staff system lies in the increased complexity of military operations since the end of the 17th century, which meant that the sovereign, head of state and general could no longer oversee all aspects of command alone and needed helpers. The first impetus was given by Swedish monarchs. Napoleon installed a General Staff, in French "État-major", for the campaign against the Russians. The idea was then adopted by Prussia and developed into a system: a central General Staff and seconded General Staff officers in the staffs of large units and other key positions. They had been selected and trained for their duties as junior officers. They were all under the control of the same superior, the Chief of the General Staff. The officers in the Central General Staff and the officers on secondment belonged to the same General Staff Corps. Their career was within the Corps. The term General Staff would soon refer to the organization and to the social group, the General Staff officers, characterized by a strict work ethic, close ties, privileged mutual relations, own norms and values, behavior and appearance.
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